The California attorney general's allegations that Sutter Health inflates healthcare prices could guide other states that aim to break up highly concentrated markets.
California's attorney general sued Sutter Health for alleged anticompetitive behavior, claiming it overcharged patients and forced insurers into "all or nothing" contracts that hindered low-cost health plan options.
Aetna and Sutter Health have chosen Steve Wigginton, former CEO of Valence Health, as CEO of their joint venture that will soon launch a health plan designed to lower healthcare costs for Northern California self-insured employers and their employees.
"'Fingers crossed' that I haven't authorized something the FTC will hunt me down for," a staffer wrote after destroying the documents. Sutter, a huge Northern California Health system with 24 hospitals, said it destroyed them by mistake.
Sarah Krevans wants Sutter Health to push the envelope in several areas, especially when it comes to being more attuned to patient needs.
Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente both evacuated patients from their Santa Rosa, Calif., hospitals as wind-whipped wildfires threatened thousands of homes and destroyed nearby buildings.
The remaining 17 health plans and HMOs started by hospital systems since 2010 lost money in 2016 and at least six others have gone out of business or are in the process of winding down.
Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health and Aetna will combine data analytics to identify at-risk patients to treat them sooner. The 50-50 joint venture health plan is Aetna's fifth.
James Hereford was named President and CEO of Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, effective Dec. 12.
Sutter Davis Hospital aims to make employees happier to help make patients happier.
A San Diego woman's harrowing account of her aunt's death last month under California's new physician aid-in-dying law suggests that healthcare providers still have a long way to go to make the process work well for terminally ill patients.
CEO Lee Domanico recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about the benefits of independence after Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif., split from Sutter Health amid charges the large system had drained funds from the 254-bed community hospital that serves one of the nation's wealthiest...